Jean and Dinah...The Play
It is Jouvay morning, the dawn of Carnival Monday in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Jean comes to take her friend, Dinah, to play mas (masquerade) in the city as they have done for the past forty years. This year Dinah is tired and ailing and does not want to go. Jean tries desperately to rally her into making their annual pilgrimage through the streets where they play sailor mas on Carnival Tuesday. In the ensuing battle to get Dinah out of bed, both women discover things about themselves that shaped their lives.
Penelope Spencer as Jean, Rhoma Spencer as Dinah, Modupe Onilu as Rhythm Man
Research & Improvisation - Rhoma Spencer and Susan Sandiford
Percussion - Modupe Onilu (from an original Tamba Gwindi score)
Set Design - Roger Hicks
Costume Design - Tessa Alexander
Lighting, Set Construction and Stage Manager - Ken Joseph
Projects Manager - Naima Mohammed
Produced and directed by Tony Hall of The Lordstreet Theatre Company for The Essential Theatre presentation
Technical Director/Stage Manager - Ken Joseph
Made possible by support from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support received from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Special Presenters Initiative, Baltimore, MD.
The Essential Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience that explores and celebrates America's rich, diverse cultural landscape. Paramount to the company's mission is the implementation of programs for youth in Washington, DC's metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self esteem. Founded in 1989, the company hosts a play development program, The Essential Theatre's New Play Reading Series, the Children's Program in Public Schools and the Women's Works Program. The company also maintains a relationship with area Social Services programs in an effort to provide job training opportunities.
The Undercroft Theater (Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church) (View)
900 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
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